GAZE is Ireland's national queer film festival, running longer than homosexuality has even been legal in our country.
GAZE celebrates LGBTQ+ storytelling. Our exciting programme of films and events engages filmmakers and audiences in a vibrant social experience.
GAZE programmes thematically to explore the many facets of queer life worldwide, expressly including films which deal with the challenges facing our LGBTQ+ siblings wordwide.
In 2021 we are launching GAZE West, with funding with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Please see the criteria for submitting to GAZE West.
Spirit of GAZE Award
Best Irish Short
Best Feature Documentary
Best International Fiction Short
Best International Documentary Short
But I'm A Cheerleader
No Straight Lines
Lola and the Sea
Baby Lies Truthfully / dir. Joseph Ingham / UK / 2020. 6’
A cavalcade of talents combine drama and documentary to bring poet David Robilliard’s words to life for the first time in over 30 years. Made by GAZE award-winner Joseph Ingham (Invisible Women), featuring Russell Tovey.
St Clair W / dir. Emily Ryder / Canada / 2021. 3’
A short experimental film about love, loss, and the relationship we have with our own memories.
Cat Vomit / dir. Francis O’Mahony / Ireland / 2021. 7’
A diaristic account of one person’s experience of their gender as a lingering and inescapable aspect.
I Fell Asleep Upside Down and Let the Blood Rush to My Head / dir. Ryan Luis Fuller / USA / 2020. 9’
An experimental documentary based on shifting sexuality through teenage years.
Masisi Wouj / dir. Zé Kielwagen, Marcos Serafim & Steevens Simeon / Haiti / 2021. 22’
Haitian artist and activist Sanba Yonel creates a queer tribute to the Lwa, Vodou gods and goddesses who once inspired a revolution, while reclaiming a word is used against queer and gender non-conforming people.
The Devotions / dir. Mia Georgis / UK / 2021. 14’
Part biography, part testimonial and part imagined queer heavenly utopia, The Devotions explores queerness and Catholicism. Expect club music and the Virgin Mary.
Florence / dir. Pauline Quinonero / France / 2021. 5’
Elisabeth loves Florence. But Florence is gone.
The Uninhabitable Ones / dir. Anderson Bardot / Brazil / 2020/ 25’
A choreographer builds a friendship with Pedro, a black boy who doesn’t identify as a boy. A poetic wildness of transgressive queers, colors, and bodies that celebrate their black and latinx existences.
The Scottish Woman / dir. Gigi Greene / Czech Republic / 2021. 13’
Why did 57-year-old Diana Young agree to a documentary on her life? Simple: she likes being interesting.
Are You Still Watching? / dir. Alex Cardy, Tali Polichtuk, Kitty Chrystal / Australia / 2021. 6’
Single, isolated and horny, non-binary 20-year-old Jamie falls into elaborate fantasies in this hilarious animated odyssey.
Before the Eruption / dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo / Spain / 2020. 9’
One summer, everything changes. Or perhaps things changed long ago, coming to light slowly, peacefully.
Between Us / dir. Cailleah Scott-Grimes / Canada / 2020. 17’
Living in rural Japan, a trans man and his gender non-conforming partner try to balance peace and pride.
META / dir. Sydne Horton / USA / 2020. 9’
Artie should be hyped that his schoolmates voted for a trans prom king… but what if he gets Carrie’d?
Space is Quite a Lot of Things / dir. August Joensalo / Sweden / 2021. 11’
Queer utopias and gender euphoria take shape between four trans friends in this meditative documentary.
One Last Deal / dir. Nyala Moon / USA / 2020. 15’
An odd romance makes for the strongest anchor when Sara faces complications after gender affirmation surgery.
Pool Boy / dir. Luke Willis / USA / 2021. 11’
A non-binary heartthrob takes centre stage in a sexy and fantastical romance that will leave you swooning.
Sparking / dir. Beta Bajgart / Ireland / 2021. 6’
Delightful doc centred on advocate and activist Dil Wickremasinghe, that will make your heart sparkle and tingle.
Pogonophobia / dir. Thomas Ryan / Ireland / 2020. 15’
Cyril just can’t stand any facial fur. But is his distaste a phobia or a prejudice?
Measuring Stick / dir. Rachel Walshe / Ireland / 2021. 4’
You can’t measure your self-worth in six, seven or even eight-inch increments, as one young woman is about to find out.
Hidden Collision / dir.Emma Zukovic / Ireland / 2021. 12’
3 artists, 3 different mediums and nary shall any of them meet. A delicate doc about creativity.
DO I KNOW YOU? / dir. Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair / Ireland / 2021. 13’
What happens when the plumber looks an awful lot like your daughter? And what happens when you find out he’s not the plumber?
Boxed In / dirs. Caleb Roberts, Peter Young / Ireland / 2021. 10’
Young AJ doesn’t want to find himself in a corner, especially when it comes to his big brother Niall in this affecting family tale.
RYDER: Queen of F**king Everything / dir. Nishaant Singh Bhinder / Ireland / 2021. 8’
Friend, son, lover – and of course – drag impresario. Allow us a moment to get real with Paul Ryder.
The Cure / dir. Gordon Hickey / Ireland / 2021. 14’
A modern gay hero leads this action-packed short with all the thrills you can manage in under 15 minutes.
1-1 / dir. Naures Sager / Sweden / 2020. 7’
Ayman’s straightforward hook-up gets hijacked by his pals, in the most delightful ways possible.
In Beauty It is Unfinished / dir. Greko Sklavounos / USA / 2021. 16’
Miles of ocean and two men dancing at twilight. A sumptuous visual story of longing from worlds apart.
One Last Night in Austin, Texas / dir. Matthew Price / USA / 2021. 23’
Wes, a closeted black college student, reconnects with his old fraternity brothers. Could one night change his future?
Factory Talk / dirs. Lucie Rachel, Chrissie Hyde / UK / 2020. 5’
As two men work silently together in a rural factory, what is unsaid rings the loudest.
Beauty Boys / dir. Florent Gouelou / France / 2019. 18’
Leo has a taste for wigs and make up, his big brother Jules certainly does not. On the night of the local performances, one of them will be found rotting. Metaphorically, that is.
Heaven Reaches Down to Earth / dir. Tebogo Malebogo / South Africa / 2020. 10’
Tau and Tumelo tread their boundaries as their lives fundamentally change. A poetic and atmospheric picture.
Personals / dir. Sasha Argirov / Canada / 2020. 13’
Faces remain unexposed while feelings do not, when one anonymous encounter gets a little too close for comfort.
Hold your breath / dir. Mélissandre Carrasco / France / Year. 17’
When lovers clash, how much can they withstand before someone starts to drown?
NOVA / dir. Luca Meisters / Netherlands / 2020. 11’
An unfamiliar feeling ignites within 15-year-old Nova as a tender soccer coach with an electrifying touch wins her heart.
something about me / dir. Belen Mentasti / Argentina / 2019. 13’
Nighttime unravels the innermost thoughts, feelings and memories of this seemingly secure couple. Does the pillow talk disguise a deeper conflict?
What is wrong with her? / dir. Leah Francisco / UK / 2020. 7’
This spine-tingling poem performed through British Sign Language shares the realities of finding peace in a world that wasn’t built for you.
My Mother’s Girlfriend / dir. Arun Fulara / India / 2021. 15’
A woman drunk on the magic of later-in-life-love has her birthday celebrations interrupted by a son keen to set his mother straight.
Becca / dir. Nancy Webb / Canada / 2020. 12’
Inspired by Rebecca, the first night of romance for these giddy daters is overshadowed by red flags and a looming secret.
In Limbo / dir. Hanna Mathis / Austria / 2020. 21’
Two women take refuge as a monster stalks from the shadows. What they discover in this fabled forest translates in unimaginable ways.
Mother / dirs. Jas Pitt, Kate Stonehill / UK / 2019. 21’
Filmed during the first year of the Bolsonaro presidency, one vogue family bands closer together. Queer resistance on the ballroom floor.
Girls Shouldn’t Walk Alone at Night / dir. Katerine Martineau / Canada / 2020. 17’
On the night of their graduation party, Chantal and Delphine discover just what possibilities exist under the moonlight.
Liminal / dir. Dan Abramovici / Canada / 2020. 12’
An unfaithful husband lives two lives concurrently, with different expressions of love and sexuality. He’s certainly doing damage, but who will receive the most?
Eden / dir. Sven Spur / Belgium / 2020.16’
In an unnamed city, a young man experiences gay pleasures, bathed in light and magic. An erotic exploration of the night.
Dustin / dir. Naïla Guiguet / France / 2020. 20’
For Dustin and their crew, as the night ends, the daylight asks questions. Love life and tenderness at 145bpm.
Young Diego / dirs. Osama Chami,Enrique Gimeno Pedrós / Spain / 2021. 7’
Is Diego ready to give himself over for the first time? Striking and atmospheric visual encounter.
Cartagena Boy / dirs. Jose Andre Sibaja, Ibai Vigil-Escalera / USA / 2021. 17’
Young Venezuelan men, displaced in Colombia, give varying perspectives on just what it is they do.